Looking through rose colored glasses

MIRANDA BROOKWELL/Youth Correspondent

“An optimist is the human personification of spring.” — Susan J. Bissonette

Is it just me, or do everyone’s lives seem to speed up during springtime? Everything shoots into fast-forward – schoolwork, sports, community activities, and even plants shift into overdrive.

I gaze at my calendar to find that I have a quiz on this day, an exam on that day, and dance competitions these days – and the schedules of my friends are no different.

Sometimes I have to take a deep breath just to make sure that I endured all seven days of the week. Surely somewhere along the way, a day was skipped? Time just flies by, I suppose. But even with all this going on, I do my best to keep a `glass half-full’ attitude. And I’m sure I speak for many others when I say that the weather improving is helping me feel a little less like I have my nose to the grindstone. At least it’s not snowing, right? That is true optimism.

In this busy time, however, I’d like to let you all know about some specific events that are contributing to this frenetic pace.

Skills Canada Provincials are coming up on May 11th & 12th. If you know any participating students, be sure to wish them luck.

Relay for Life is being hosted by Ponoka Composite High School from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. beginning May 13. Many students from our school have volunteered their time organizing this great event. If you see any of them around town or know any participants, be sure to thank them for helping the fight against cancer. Also, Sarah Davis has bravely taken on the role of heading the event. She will do an amazing job, I’m sure. If you see her, give her a hug, high-five, or any other show of support.

The start of the soccer season is also underway. My friend Brooke Pearman is currently reading over my shoulder threateningly as I write this, making sure I mention it. Whether it’s a U6 or U18 game, spend an evening supporting our local athletes on the field. I’m sure I’ll see you there!

On the academic side of things, me and my fellow peers in the Advanced Placement Social Studies class have our college-level exam on May 12th. We’ll be studying hard through our last several days before this nerve-wracking test.

So just when you thought that spring was all about the birds, bees, and pretty little flowers, think again. We’re all busy, stressed teenagers, just trying to keep pushing away until summer break. Keep your chins up, troops. At least it’s not snowing.

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